Family law is a relatively broad practice area, including such issues as foster care and reproductive rights. The most common reasons to hire a family law attorney include:
-Divorce: Each partner hires his or her own attorney, who will help devise a settlement plan in order to avoid a trial. Divorce attorneys typically are skilled at dividing marital property, calculating spousal support, and proposing a plan for child custody, visitation, and support (if applicable).
-Child Custody / Child Support: Court orders and settlement agreements involving both custody and support usually are included in the larger divorce case, but may be revisited as conditions change. For instance, child support may be altered after the non-custodial parent's financial situation changes.
-Paternity: In most cases, paternity cases are filed by the mother in an effort to secure child support payments from an absent father. But sometimes biological fathers file for paternity in order to have a relationship with their child. Paternity typically is determined through DNA testing.
-Adoption / Foster Care: Adoption is a complex process that differs according to the type of adoption, where the child is from, variances in state laws, and other factors. Therefore, it is important to consult with a family law attorney. Foster parents sometimes adopt their foster children, but the foster process does not necessarily require legal representation.
Scott is unique as a family law attorney in that he possess the skills of a litigator and negotiator. He has the time management skills required, as the practice of law in the family area is very driven by interruption. Scott has developed counseling skills through his education, experiences and years of practicing, helping you as you go through a very emotional time in your lives.
Scott also has much more than a basic understanding of accounting and financial matters which are a must to both advise and to present financial issues to the court. Scott's personality and people skills are important too, as he is constantly in contact with people; whether it be you as the client, opposing counsel, or court personnel...there is always someone with whom you need to effectively communicate.
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